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The Law is Still an Ass!

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published Feb. 9, 2015

The Law is Still an Ass!

Gregory Graf, 53, has apparently escaped eligibility for death row in Pennsylvania despite confessing to murdering his stepdaughter in an attempt to have sex with her (an "accompanying" felony, which ordinarily would qualify him for "capital murder"). However, since Graf had videotaped himself in the act (as evidence recovered in December shows), he proved that the sex occurred after she was dead and thus that he was guilty instead of an accompanying misdemeanor (desecration of a body). [Morning Call (Allentown), 12-5-2014]

Caitlyn Ricci, 21 and estranged from her divorced parents, availed herself this year of a quirky New Jersey law that requires divorced parents to provide for their children's college educations (even though Caitlyn was a toddler at the time of the divorce, chose a more expensive out-of-state college, and already had a blemished community-college record). Mom Maura McGarvey (who claims to be especially hard-hit by the tuition bill) and Dad Michael Ricci are helping sponsor "corrective" legislation -- because, generally, parents are not required to pay for college (but in New Jersey, divorced parents are). [Associated Press via Philly.com, 12-14-2014]

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